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Posted: 18 Jul 2011, 12:39
Hello Everyone,
Im new to the site. Getting started TODAY. I need all the advice, encouragement & prayers I can get. I got to lose 75lbs, I wanna do it right & keep it off. Im giving myself a year or less.

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Posted: 19 Jul 2011, 15:00
Hi Ms VCV! Welcome to FS. I'm in a similar situation, needing to lose about 85 more pounds to be at my personal goal weight. I've been a member here since last October-ish, but seriously recommitted at the end of january and have lost 22 lbs. My last two months have been up and down a bit and I'm currently in the process of getting back on track to move past my lowest weight fro mid May...finally. I find that when I keep my goals top of mind, visit and read/post daily on this site if possible, log my food honestly, and get some exercise every few days, I lose weight. As soon as I let up on one of those things, the others tend to fall away. I wouldn't put a time limit on your 75-pound weight loss, just take the steps toward better health and fitness and the weight loss will follow. If it takes 1.5-2 years you'll still be better off than today. Slow, gradual lifestyle changes will put you on a more permanent path to well being. Much luck to you and I will pary for your success!


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Posted: 19 Jul 2011, 16:08
First of all, welcome! I do have a piece of advice for you...don't put a time limit on yourself. If you "wanna do it right & keep it off," imposing deadlines on yourself is a recipe for disaster. Not to say it can't be done because you very well may do it in that time, but setting that expectation can do more harm than good. If you want your changes to be lasting ones, then addressing the mental aspect as well as the physical is a necessity.

As an example, let's say I've set a goal to lose 4 lbs this month & I work my arse off the entire month. Then let's say at month-end I weigh in & have lost 3.5 lbs. Good right? Not if I've had that number 4 in my head all month...I could very well feel like a failure.

Rewind & do-over...let's say I don't pick a number & decide I will be happy with any progress in the right direction. I work my arse off the entire month, weigh in, find out I have lost 3.5 lbs & feel awesome!

If viewing the first scenario as failure sounds extreme to you, that's've probably got your head in the right place & will have great success. Unfortunately there are hundreds of posts that come through this site every day of people viewing their own progress as failure because of these unrealistic expectations they've placed on themselves. It's sad.

Rest assured that there are just as many (if not more) positive, encouraging & supportive people on this site who will cheer you on every step of the way, & I'm proud to have a good number of them as my buddies here.


Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
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